Rabbits are lovely pet animals to add in any home. These furry pets are lovable, huggable, quiet and comfortable to take care of. Rabbits make great pets due to their wonderful personalities and ability to adapt to domestic lifestyles even in apartments easily. They require some special attention for them to stay healthy and happy. They should be kept inside the house at night to protect them from predators like skunks, wolves, dogs, foxes, and coyotes.
1. Find the Best Rabbit Hutch
Get a best rabbit hutch that allows room for laying down, stretching out comfortably and have adequate space for water, food and litter box. You can build your outdoor cage or purchase one as long as it’s spacious. Introduce an exercise pen to offer extra space for your rabbit to move around. Besides, fill the cage with soft natural material like soft wood shavings or hay to keep them comfortable. Moreover, Place the cage in a rabbit-proof area. For instance, remove small objects, all electrical cords, furniture and avoid having plants or chemicals that may harm your rabbit in the room.
2. Provide a litter box, hiding places and playing toys
Rabbits naturally use the same spot as a restroom (like one corner of the hatch) over and over. Line a litter box with newspapers (then fill it with litter or hay made particularly for rabbits) and place it in your rabbit’s preferred corner. Rabbits are burrowing animals, so consider providing hiding places like cardboard boxes or logs. Moreover, rabbits keep their teeth healthy by chewing: if you don’t offer safe chews like snacks, they may chew on other items like furniture.
3. Feed the rabbit on a balanced diet
Provide unlimited grass hay like oat, brome or Timothy in a clean area at all times: a significant component of rabbits’ diet. Hay pellets like Timothy are also a good source of fiber and protein essential for growing bunnies. Besides, offer plenty of clean fruits and vegetables like carrots, spinach, mustard greens, apples, blueberries, and bananas. Fruits and vegetables have high sugar content hence should be given occasionally. Avoid as much as possible giving the rabbit unhealthy foods. Additionally, supply plenty of fresh water daily by use of bowls or rabbit size bottles. Ensure that they are cleaned frequently to prevent contamination.
4. Give some play and exercise time
After getting your first rabbit, you should leave it in its hutch or cage to get used to its home. Introduce yourself calmly and slowly as you speak, so it doesn’t get scared and get used to you: next time you approach it to play with it or take it out, it will be much easier. Let your rabbit out for several hours (5-8) per day for it to run and hop around to facilitate its health. Introducing playing toys is also great.
5. Keep the rabbit healthy
Ensure that you clean the cage with hot soapy water every week and be providing clean shavings or hay. Water bowl or bottle washing and changing of the little box should be done every day. Besides, disinfecting litter box with white vinegar solution to get rid of alkaline urine crystals every week or so will keep your rabbit healthy.
Rabbits should not be bathed unless they get very dirty and are unable to groom themselves properly. Instead, they can be brushed carefully with a soft-bristled brush at least twice a week. Finally, take your rabbit to the vet at least twice a year for checkups to ensure they are healthy.
Learn your rabbit’s body language to know when happy, restless or feeling unwell. Let the above rabbit care tips be an excellent start for you! Always keep your rabbit healthy and happy.